February 12, 2007
THE BIG STORY
Hamilton, here shown debating Wisconsin's Ross Carlson
at last year's Frozen Four, had a goal and two assists
in the Black Bears' win against Vermont Friday.
Do you think, at some point this weekend,
Maine goalie Ben Bishop powered up his laptop and Googled
the name "Wally Pipp"?
Pipp, of course, was the New York Yankees'
first baseman who was benched by manager Miller Huggins
on June 2, 1925 — contrary to popular belief,
Pipp did not beg out of the game because of a headache
— in favor of a young Columbia alum named Lou
Gehrig. Gehrig would go on to play in 2,130 consecutive
games, while Pipp was dealt to Cincinnati at the end
of the season.
Bishop won't be traded; in fact, he'll
probably get his starting job back once his balky groin
is 100 percent. But the Black Bears can rest assured
they've got a capable replacement in freshman Dave Wilson.
Wilson, who had played less than 90 minutes in six relief
appearances prior to this past weekend, stepped in for
Bishop and shut down Vermont twice, backstopping Maine
to an important sweep.
The freshman from Caledon East, Ontario,
made 32 saves Friday as the Black Bears chased Catamount
starting goalie Joe Fallon with four second-period goals
en route to a 5-1 win. The following night, Wilson made
teammate Wes Clark's first-period goal standing, stopping
all 31 shots he faced in his team's 1-0 triumph.
"Bishop is the backbone of our team,"
Wilson told the Portland Press Herald's Jenn Menendez
following Saturday's game. "But whenever I get
a chance in net I'm just going to try to prove myself
— to myself, fans and the team. As soon as I get
in net I just want to do that every game."
After Saturday's game, Maine coach Tim
Whitehead told reporters Bishop could be ready for Maine's
upcoming series at Boston College Thursday and Friday.
If he's not, the Black Bears will feel pretty comfortable
with Plan B.
In the most recent ECAC Hockey League
notebook, St. Lawrence coach Joe Marsh told INCH's Joe
Gladziszewski he didn't feel like his Saints were the
team to beat in the conference, even though they've
been in first place for quite some time. But as the
regular season has dwindled to a scant two weeks, St.
Lawrence has, in fact, become the team to beat.
The Saints improved to 13-4-1 in the ECACHL
and 17-11-2 overall after beating Yale and Brown at
Appleton Arena this past weekend. St. Lawrence is 8-2-2
since Jan. 1 and hasn't lost back-to-back games in league
play this season. It's been a balanced attack —
six players have scored 19 or more points — that's
been backstopped by freshman goaltender Alex Petizian.
Less heralded than fellow newcomer Kain Tisi, Petizian
has a 13-6-1 record, a 918 save percentage, and a 2.27
goals against average. His goals against average is
second best among the country's freshman backstops.
Only Cornell's Ben Scrivens has a better GAA among NCAA
From the Crooked Numbers Dept.:
Freshman forward Tomas Petruska's goal with 35 seconds
left in regulation gave Bowling Green, the CCHA's last-place
team, a 3-2 win over visiting Michigan, bringing to
an end the Falcons' 10-game winless streak (0-9-1) and
halting the Wolverines' run of six straight victories.
BGSU rallied from a 2-1 deficit by scoring two goals
in the final 6:35 of the third period. The Falcons hadn't
scored more than two goals in any of its previous 10
From the Vinatieri-Horry-Big Papi
Pantheon of Clutch Performers Dept.: Apologies
for being so CCHA-centric here, but this begs a mention.
Junior forward Bryan Lerg's overtime goal propelled
Michigan State to a 2-1 win over visiting Ferris State
Friday. Lerg, who leads the nation with eight game-winning
goals, has scored the GWG in each of the Spartans' last
Wins this past weekend that'll look good in March
Miami hasn't been on a skid recently;
rather, it's been more of a slow decline. Heading into
this past weekend's series against Lake Superior State,
the RedHawks had posted a 4-5-3 mark since Christmas
Day. A team that had once been Notre Dame's primary
competitor for the CCHA regular-season championship
is in danger of being leapfrogged by both Michigan and
Michigan State in the league standings. More importantly,
Miami found itself perilously straddling the line between
getting an NCAA Tournament at-large bid and shutting
it down in mid-March.
With all that in mind, the RedHawks' sweep
of Lake Superior State in Oxford this past weekend helped
solidify the team's footing in its pursuit of an at-large
berth. Friday's 4-1 win was textbook Miami — a
strong team defensive effort (the Lakers managed just
19 shots), solid goaltending from junior Charlie Effinger,
and a goal from Hobey Baker Award candidate Nathan Davis.
Saturday's 3-2 win was a tad unorthodox, as the RedHawks
took a three-goal lead midway through the second period
and held on for the win.
IT HAPPENED IN ...
... Erie, Pa.: Sacred
Heart sophomore forward Eric Giosa had a goal and five
assists in the Pioneers' sweep of Mercyhurst.
... Grand Forks, N.D.:
Sophomore forward Jonathan Toews had four goals and
two assists on the weekend as North Dakota extended
its unbeaten streak to nine (7-0-2) with an 8-4 win
and 4-4 overtime tie against Minnesota State at Engelstad
Arena. Toews has 7-9—16 in the Fighting Sioux's
last six games.
... Hamden, Conn. (Tuesday):
Brandon Wong's natural hat trick — one that included
a pair of shorthanded goals — paced Quinnipiac
to a 6-1 non-conference win against Bentley.
... Hamden, Conn. (Friday):
Dartmouth's top line of Tanner Glass, Nick Johnson,
and David Jones each scored three points as the Big
Green beat Quinnipiac, 5-4.
... Houghton, Mich.: Michigan
Tech celebrated Winter Carnival with a win and tie against
sixth-ranked Denver. Friday's win 2-1 marked the first
time the Huskies had beaten the Pioneers in Houghton
since Dec. 13, 1997. The three-point weekend is the
Huskies' best Winter Carnival showing since sweeping
Minnesota in 1998.
... Lowell, Mass. (Thursday):
Northeastern mustered just 10 shots on goal in a 1-0
loss to UMass Lowell at Tsongas Arena. In four games
since beating Maine, 6-1, on Jan. 26 in Orono, the Huskies
have scored a total of two goals.
... Madison, Wis. (Friday):
Senior goaltender Brian Elliott made 16 saves for his
15th career shutout and freshman forward Michael Davies
scored a pair of goals as Wisconsin downed Alaska Anchorage,
4-0, at the Kohl Center. The victory was career win
no. 100 for Badger coach Mike Eaves — after sweeping
the Seawolves, Eaves' mark stands at 101-75-21.
... Moon Township, Pa.:
Robert Morris extended its winning streak to five games
by sweeping the first-place team in College Hockey America
for the second straight weekend, this time downing Bemidji
State twice. Junior forward Logan Bittle had two goals
and two assists on the weekend for the Colonials, who've
outscored their opponents by a 23-7 margin in their
last five contests.
... Notre Dame, Ind. (Saturday):
Sophomore forward Dan Charleston and junior forward
Bryan Marshall both scored in the last 4:12 of regulation,
leading Nebraska-Omaha to a 2-2 tie with Notre Dame
and helping the Mavericks salvage a point in its series
with the top-ranked Fighting Irish.
... Providence, R.I. (Friday):
Junior goaltender Cory Schneider made 45 saves as Boston
College escaped Schneider Arena with a 2-1 win at Providence.
... Storrs, Conn. and Waltham, Mass.:
Senior forward Matt Scherer recorded a four-goal weekend
to lead Connecticut to a home-and-home sweep of Bentley.
The Seattle native has seven goals and one assist in
the Huskies' last eight contests.